TFC adds defender Eckersley
Toronto FC has bolstered its back line by bringing in defender Richard Eckersley on a season's loan from English club Burnley.
Eckersley will remain with the Major League Soccer club until January.
Eckersley, a 22-year-old right fullback, previously played for TFC director of player development Paul Mariner at Plymouth Argyle in England.
"Richard is a good player — he comes from Manchester United's youth program. We are rebuilding our defence and the season is very long, so we're happy to add another right back," Aron Winter, TFC's coach and technical director, said in a statement.
"Paul knows Richard very well and I am convinced he can fit into our system."
A product of Manchester United's youth system, Eckersley made two appearances for the Red Devils in 2009.
Since then, he has bounced around England's lower divisions, with loan stints at Bradford City and Bury.
Eckersley's arrival in Toronto could spell bad news for Dan Gargan, TFC's regular starting right fullback.
A team official told CBCSports.ca that Eckersley is expected to land in Toronto Friday night, but that no decision has been made whether he will play in TFC's home game Saturday against D.C. United.